refurbishing old tools #3: Try and fore finished, one fore more

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Blog entry by Dave posted 02-12-2011 03:17 AM 1979 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got off a little early today and caught some shop time. I had a nice couple of chunks of ceder and wanted to try my try out. Its a Dwights and French & co. try plane.

I couldn’t help myself.

Now I cleared all that away and continued to hone on my fore plane iron. Its a Alex Mathieson & Sons Glasgow Scotland fore plane.

I have been working on the iron with a honing jig. I have about 4 hours with it on a diamond stone. I would polish the back with my worksharp 3000. Then I finished with 2 grades of arkansas stones and buffed with jewelers rouge and white compound on my drill press. I put it all back together and this was the first lick down a 2 by 4.

It was a little heavy. With some light manipulation of the iron. wala

I am very pleased and this plane needed very little tlc. She is going to do fine.

Now for fore #2. It has S. Ashton Sheffeild On the iron. The toe of the plane has a stamp ” Guarantied English Beech ” From what i can find it is round about 1870. The iron was from a tool maker and the plane was built elsewhere. But from the stamp I bet it also was produced in Great Britain.

Now for some dis-assembly.

The iron is in to be expected condition. Dull and a little rust, plus some antique dark matter yet to be named without some csi equipment.
The wedge has a hefty crack.

Now I covered the sole of the plane with chalk to check flatness.

I sanded it 5 times front to back the 5 times back to front.

This is not that bad so I spent about ten more minutes sanding with 150 grit.

This to me for now is except-able and flat. I dont want to get any deeper into the sole until I get the iorn back in it and see how it shaves.

Now I removed the handle. The 2 screws were from to different time periods. One seems to be of a nickel substance and just a little smaller. There Was some separation of the bottom of the tote. It stayed in the bottom of the tenon. And I am not going to mess with it.

The strike button was some whittled pine someone had placed there some decades ago.

I used a piece of red oak and sanded it down with a taper for a snug fit.

I then cut it proud and oh wait supper is ready. BYE ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 06:25 AM

You’ve been busy in a good way. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 11:49 AM

Good work Dave. Those are really nice planes. Wooden planes are so great to work with because of their light weight. It looks like you were having fun getting all those nice shavings. It sure beats popping bubble plastic wrap, lol.
I do like the ones with the slot to hold the iron and wedge. Better for clearing shavings and it looks better too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 02:34 PM

it´s looking good from here
isn´t it funny how we get carryed away when the tools start singing to us :-)

take care

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 04:43 PM

Swirt, Mike and Dennis you three are good friends. thanks guys

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 09:29 PM

Ah,yes! Sweet, paperthin curls. Not many things that beats the shhhhhtt, shhhhhht of a properly sharpened plane. Indeed, you spent time in a good way!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 06:21 AM

Thx Div

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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